Prevent Diabetes with Good Nutrition
Some foods impact blood sugar more than others. Here are five types of food that will increase blood sugar more rapidly.
- Starchy vegetables
Healthy habits play an important role in managing your health and helping to prevent chronic diseases. These include eating a healthy diet, being active and working with your healthcare provider to manage your health. Diabetes is one chronic disease on the rise, but can most often be prevented by practicing healthy habits. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and here are some tips to help you prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
Eating a healthy diet to manage your weight is one of the best ways you can lower your risk of developing diabetes. Stick with fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein for optimal nutrition. The American Diabetes Association offers some helpful tips on making smart food choices to prevent diabetes.
Exercise can prevent or manage many chronic health conditions, including diabetes. Regular exercise can help manage weight, which is one of the most significant risk factors for developing diabetes. Aim for at least 30 minutes on most days participating in a moderately-intense activity, like walking. If this is too much, start with a few days a week and always follow your Network Provider's advice on exercise.
See Your Healthcare Provider Annually
An annual wellness visit can help you closely monitor your health and identify any health risks before they become serious. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi's Healthy You! wellness visit benefit provides age and gender-specific health screenings, including blood sugar measurement, at no out-of-pocket cost. Download our Healthy You! Wellness Guide to learn more.
To learn more about diabetes prevention and management, you can visit the American Diabetes Association's website. Web MD also offers valuable information related to diabetes. We've also included some tips to S.T.O.P diabetes by practicing good nutrition and five simple steps to prevent diabetes.